Selous Safari

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hotel

The Selous Serena Camp’s Rufiji River location is the setting for many an adventure with exciting bush walks and game-drives but also boat safaris, taking you in search of hippos, crocodiles, and elephants, and even fishing trips in search of freshwater fighting fish. And, when you return, the raised and open-sided dining tent promises fine dining and even finer views, as it overlooks a watering hole, with its deck leading out to a fire pit and the camp’s gorgeous swimming pool.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Selous Serena Camp is located along the Rufiji River in the sprawling 55,000 hectares of the Selous Game Reserve. Located in the south-east of Tanzania, the Selous is a perfect addition to a stay on the island of Zanzibar, particularly for those flying-in via the Middle East. Flight time from Zanzibar Airport into the Selous: 2 hours 30 minutes.

Hotel information

12 spacious tents are spaced throughout the indigenous forest with private wooden decks facing towards the Rufiji River. Wild Africa with a twist of luxury, tents boast opulent furnishings including crisp linens, chandeliers, 4-poster beds and en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and romantic Victorian claw-foot baths.

All Inclusive of: all meals, soft drinks and selected bottled beers, wines and spirits. Morning and afternoon game-drives and park entrance fees. A river cruise and bush walk is included once every three nights and a bush breakfast, candlelit dinner and sand bank sundowner experience is included once per stay.


Dining room serving breakfast and lunch (International dishes) and table d'hôte menus for dinner. Bush dining options* available. Lounge and safari bar. Library. Deck with fire-pit. Library. Infinity pool and sundeck. Game-drives and river boat safaris. Walking tours.

Price includes 3-night itinerary below, staying at Selous Serena Camp:

Day 1
Fly by light aircraft from Zanzibar Airport in to the Selous Game Reserve where you will be met and transferred to the camp. Afternoon game-drive. (D)
Days 2-3
At Selous Serena Camp with game-activities. (B/L/D)
Day 4
Light aircraft transfer back from the Selous to Zanzibar Airport for your onward flight arrangements. (B)

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A magical safari experience in the wilderness

Aug 4, 2019 Ricardo365 Tonbridge, United Kingdom

A Lifetime ambition to visit Selous was fulfilled at Serena. Miles from anywhere; in the heart of the bush and yet fantastic quality amenities, catering and service from all the staff. Make sure you bring small denominations notes for tips! Less than 1 hours flight into stieglers airstrip from Dar or Zanzibar; we were met by our superb guide Saaid… Read more
A Lifetime ambition to visit Selous was fulfilled at Serena. Miles from anywhere; in the heart of the bush and yet fantastic quality amenities, catering and service from all the staff. Make sure you bring small denominations notes for tips! Less than 1 hours flight into stieglers airstrip from Dar or Zanzibar; we were met by our superb guide Saaid and enjoyed our first morning game drive en Route to the lodge with lots of animals and birds to view in the immediate vicinity, such as zebras, impala, warthog and giraffe. Always a Friendly welcome at camp with cold towels and drinks followed by lunch in the amazing bar restaurant - overlooking the refreshing swimming pool and river. Every meal has 6 courses with traditional, modern and vegetarian options. Really tasty and varied. Recently refurbished, Beautifully appointed tented cabins in 1920s period style with everything you need - dedicated staff member arranges turn down laundry etc for you. At night the hippos emerge from the river (also crocodiles by day) and absolutely incredible views of the Milky Way and stars above. The security guard escorts you to your room at night. Lovely to listen to the sounds of the bush around you. On longer safaris (to seek out lions elephants etc round the lake areas ) you have picnics out in the bush. You rarely see another vehicle so it’s truly a very authentic wild experience. Biting Flies were a minor annoyance in some areas of the park but there were none at the lodge. On game drives, long sleeves, tracking style ripstop trousers and a hat help keep them off, as repellent alone doesn’t. After 2 nights We moved on to the sister lodge at Mivumo where the river cruises are based - see separate review 4 nights in the Selous was perfect A truly Magical experience - go before it gets spoilt. Read less
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Aug 2, 2019 JuliaGovier Cirencester, United Kingdom

We were a family of four and had the most amazing holiday of a life time. The campsite was everything and more than we had expected. Clean rooms, well,spotless really, the staff couldn't have been more helpful, the food was delicious and plenty and the game drive lunches delicious too Our driver Jumbe was so informative we saw so much just within… Read more
We were a family of four and had the most amazing holiday of a life time. The campsite was everything and more than we had expected. Clean rooms, well,spotless really, the staff couldn't have been more helpful, the food was delicious and plenty and the game drive lunches delicious too Our driver Jumbe was so informative we saw so much just within a few minutes from camp, hippos at the waterhole on camp at night which was so exciting and then lions only a few minutes away on the drive. We would highly reccomend the camp to anyone looking for a spoilt relaxing experience. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent service and attention to detail

Aug 2, 2019 cloust Orange county

Overall my trip was arranged by the company Go2Africa. The company is outstanding, having arranged 3 prior trips to different countries. In reading other reviews I would agree the camp is located deep within the Selous area and yes there are a lot of biting flies however, there are no flies within the actual camp that is, none in the tents and… Read more
Overall my trip was arranged by the company Go2Africa. The company is outstanding, having arranged 3 prior trips to different countries. In reading other reviews I would agree the camp is located deep within the Selous area and yes there are a lot of biting flies however, there are no flies within the actual camp that is, none in the tents and general camp area and certainly none within the dining area, lounge. As for the flies, they congregate within certain areas of the Reserve. I found insect repellent to be helpful but bring it with on the game drives as you must frequently apply it. If you do you will unlikely not be bitten. Yes the days are long but the camp makes sure to pack a nice lunch with food and drink. I was not hungry. I found the tent accommodations to be very good. The inside was totally clean and everything functioned well. The campstaff are unfailingly pleasant and go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. In addition there are very good game viewings or at least there was on the 3 days I was there. Selous is not for everyone but I enjoyed the unspoiled and quiet aspect of it. I would definitely return. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unbelievable stay absolutely brilliant!

Jul 24, 2019 mr12342019

We were a big group of 8 people, we couldnt have faulted our stay one bit, the room cleaner/staff were brilliant he kept our room clean and tidy every day folding our cloths doing washing etc, the bar/restaurant staff were very polite and served very well making sure all your needs were taken care of, the chefs came out each night to great you and… Read more
We were a big group of 8 people, we couldnt have faulted our stay one bit, the room cleaner/staff were brilliant he kept our room clean and tidy every day folding our cloths doing washing etc, the bar/restaurant staff were very polite and served very well making sure all your needs were taken care of, the chefs came out each night to great you and check you were enjoying the food, all the food was great! Jumbe was our tour guide in the Bush, and he was absolutely brilliant he new everything about the camp, country and diffrent animals. The jeeps are very good with a lot of comfort and a good selection of drinks in their cool box, the rooms are amazing and very clean with all the things you will need at the camp. Most of all we went to do a safari and we saw most of the animals which was an amazing experience! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A run down camp at a fantastic spot

Nov 6, 2018 Taliab B ירושלים

It was out third camp by then we knew to notice the difference. it was the Second Serena we stayed at. The first being an out standing hotel in Dar Es Salam. Must differentiate the people from the management. a fine group of people straggling to compensate for a poorly run camp. very good food, hard working assistant director, Sharia, it took… Read more
It was out third camp by then we knew to notice the difference. it was the Second Serena we stayed at. The first being an out standing hotel in Dar Es Salam. Must differentiate the people from the management. a fine group of people straggling to compensate for a poorly run camp. very good food, hard working assistant director, Sharia, it took three days before we managed to meet the manager, Ayub. we met a very very tired camp almost everything did not function well. wet and smelly floor boards at the shower and toilette, dripping taps, torn strings that hold the tent flaps up, broken hooks, old sagging mattress etc. And to the scary side, jeeps are very old, fitted carelessly, cigarette lighter is not working, shock observers are gone, no space at all between first and second row of seats. Ahmed, our guide was doing his best to give us the best experience. Naturally he had no means to make the jeep fit for purpose. it took a long time every time we left the camp before we sew ant game. after four days it did not feel a mishap but more like miss information. I am saddened to see the staff having to face the guests, the lack of investment by management. it looks like a has been place. So very disappointing. Read less